Henry David Thoreau (1816
Concord, Massachusetts, United
"He was bred to no profession; he never married;
he lived alone; he never went to church; he never voted;
he refused to pay a tax to the state; he ate no flesh; he
drank no wine; he never knew the use of tobacco; and, though
a naturalist, he used neither trap nor gun."
Henry David Thoreau was the epitome of
New England Transcendentalism. After graduating from Harvard
University, Thoreau lived with Emerson and his family. It
was there that he considered a wholesome devotion to writing.
In 1847, restlessness led him to live a life of exclusion
at Walden Pond where he supported himself on the basis of
what nature had to offer. It was at Walden that he started
his A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. At
the time, the Mexican War was occurring, and Thoreau rebelled
against it by refusing to pay poll taxes. Due to this, Thoreau
was forced to spend a night in jail; from that "Civil
Disobedience" was created.
1849 A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, "Civil
1864 The Maine Woods
1865 Cape Cod
1866 A Yankee in Canada
All you've ever wanted to know about Thoreau:
"Thoreau, Henry David" The Columbia
Encyclopedia, 6th ed. New York: Columbia University Press,
July 2001. www.bartleby.com/65/.
Witherell, Elizabeth Hall. "Life
and Times of Henry D. Thoreau." August 24, 1999. http://libws66.lib.niu.edu/thoreau/bexhibit.htm